BES Macro 2019 + career development day

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University of Exeter's Penryn Campus


TR10 9FE

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BES Macro 2019 is the annual meeting of the BES macroecology and macroevolution SIG. Each year we aim to highlight all kinds of macro-scale research, across diverse taxa, timescales, and career stages. This year we're aiming to showcase trail-blazing research on some topics that can sometimes be overlooked: marine and microbial macroeco/evo, and applied macro research (e.g. in conservation, disease, or pest management). We're also hosting a pre-conference career development day exploring how to do research with impact, alternative careers, and dealing with the stresses and strains of life in research. We particularly welcome early career researchers to this day, but it's open to all.

Whatever your speciality and career-stage, we hope you'll join us in beautiful Cornwall for two days of macro-fun! Details of the conference can be found below and at our website, or feel free to contact us on Facebook or Twitter (@BESMacroecol) with any questions.


Our keynote speakers are all breaking new ground and developing new fields of research in macroecology and macroevolution. We like to emphasize the exciting work being done by scientists at early career stages, and from both near and far.

  • Three keynote speakers will be confirmed soon, and there will be a student plenary speaker, to be determined!



We will have slots for talks and space for posters at the meeting. Talks will be 5 or 15 minutes long. There may not be enough talk slots for everyone, so priority will be given to early career researchers (ECRs). You will need to submit a title, a very short abstract, and let us know whether you think your presentation is most suitable for a 5 or a 15 minute talk.

Students will also be given the option to put themselves forward for the student plenary talk. The winner will be judged based on their abstract, which will be ranked by several researchers in a double-blind process. We highly recommend applying; it's fun and a great thing to put on your CV.


Wednesday 3rd July will be a focused day on skills development, centred on how to do research that has a tangible impact on the world, science communication and outreach, alternative careers, and dealing with the stresses and strains of life in research. We particularly welcome ECRs to this day, but it's open to all.

There will be talks and training on science communication and outreach, the opportunity to develop an outreach activity, and guidance on pathways to 'impact'. There will also be panel discussions and networking opportunities with a diverse group of scientists who have developed alternative or hybrid careers in outreach and applying their research to real-world problems.

We'll also have talks and discussion groups addressing both the challenges that modern academic life can pose to our wellbeing, and highlighting good practice that is emerging to reinforce happy and productive working lives.

ECRs signed up for this day will also be invited to meet the conference Plenary Speakers at a dedicated session.


There are plenty of accommodation options in Penryn and Falmouth, both receive plenty of visitors and Falmouth in particular has a number of hotels covering any preference or budget. The public transport links between Penryn Campus, Penryn and Falmouth are excellent, so wherever you stay you should have no problems getting to the conference (see map and public transport links on this page for more information). For those new to the area, here are some recommended options for accommodation.

Rooms are available on the main campus at a discounted rate, minutes away from the conference centre. Facilities on campus include a café, a shop, a sport centre, and the main Stannary bar/canteen. Rooms are available at a substantially discouted price for attendees: double (£45 a night), twin (£45), single occupancy room (double or twin) with breakfast for one (£52.50), double occupancy room (double or twin) with breakfast for two (£60). Rooms come with access to a communal kitchen and free parking. Rooms can be booked at the discounted price through a link that will be sent to you once you've registered for the conference, and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. For more details see:

A local pub in Penryn that offers bed-and-breakfast accommodation from which you can either walk to campus (~20min) or catch a bus from down the road. See more details at

A local hostel in the center of Falmouth, just minutes away from the beach and the main train station and bus links. See more details at

For those looking for a camping option, Cosawes Park has a large number of pitches available as well as facilities (and free Wi-Fi!). While it is slightly outside of Penryn, it is within 10 minutes walk a bus stop that will take you directly to campus. See more details at

If anyone is interested in room/apartment sharing feel free to organise this via our Facebook page or Twitter.


Registration includes vegetarian lunch, tea, coffee, and snacks, as well as a wine reception. To cut costs we have not organised an official conference dinner this year. Instead we will book tables at local venues for anyone who wants to come along in the evenings.


The conference venue is fully wheelchair-accessible, with lift access to all floors. There is accessible parking, and the buses between Penryn and Falmouth have accessibility options. Note that Penryn is an old town, and it can be tricky to navigate. There is a nursing room and multi-faith prayer space on campus (see map). If you have any other need, please do indicate this on your registration form. If you have any questions, please contact Henry Hakkinen using our labgroup email




Earlybird registration and abstract submission ends at midnight on Friday, 3 May 2019. We will contact attendees after this to confirm talk slots.

Normal registration ends at midnight on Monday, 3 June 2019.

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